Step 1: Making a Motion

To make a motion, you need to seek recognition from the chair, which you typically do by raising your hand. After the chair recognizes you, you are free to make your motion. Although a lot of people say “I make a motion to …,” it’s far simpler to use three short words: “I move that ….”

Be Precise

Make sure that the motion states exactly what you want the organization to believe or do. The following two motions might seem similar, but they aren’t:
◆ “I move that we form a committee to investigate the purchase of a computer.”
◆ “I move that we form a committee to purchase a computer.”
Only three words are different, but it makes a big difference. The committee in the first motion is only authorized to investigate whether ...

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